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The body of a missing woman found in Orleans County 30 years ago has been identified.

Shari Lynne Ball was reported missing by her family in Palm Beach County, Florida in June 1983. A hunter discovered her "severely" decomposed body off the shoulder of State Route 63 several months later.

State Police say Shari told her family she was going to New York to begin a modeling career.

In October 2013 there was a break in the cold case. Several agencies worked to get the body exhumed. A DNA database match was made with a family member who entered the it several years ago in the hopes of someday finding Shari.

Shari was 20 years old when she went missing. She was also known to use the name Timmerman.

The cause of death is still undetermined and troopers believe foul play may be involved.
State Police is working on this cold case with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and asking anyone who knew Shari Ball or has information about her to call State Police.

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